NEW YORK — Following the e-reader category’s coming-out party at International CES, accessory options for the devices have flowed into the market at a rapid pace.
A wide variety of cases and
skins, lights, travel bags, chargers,
tabletop stands and screenprotect
among others, gives retailers
for valuable attachment
Some highlights from
recently announced lines
one of the first suppliers
to accessorize the category,
its line of add-ons for the
Amazon Kindle and the
Barnes & Noble Nook.
For the Kindle, M-Edge’s
case, made of molded plastic,
safeguards the device in all water environments
up to 1 meter deep, The case allows
for full functionality of Kindle’s navigation
buttons and keyboard through flexible
sealed button cutouts.
The Guardian keeps a watertight seal
around the Kindle by utilizing a dualhinge,
integrated gasket and four-latch
closure system. Three internal buoyancy
chambers provide distributed fltation to
keep the Kindle afloat and upright for inwater
An anti-reflective film protects the
Guardian’s screen area for uninhibited
reading in sunny environments. Made of
a transparent polycarbonate, the Guardian’s
hard-shell exterior provides impact
protection while the custom-molded interior
and mounting pads provide support
for the device.
The Guardian Case comes in six colors
and will be available this spring.
TrendyDigital Design’s WaterGuard
case is a brand-agnostic pouch-style case
that guards against wet environments.
While not submersible, it accommodates
a wide variety of e-readers including
the Kindle, Kindle 2, Kindle DX, Sony
Reader, Nook, iRex and Cybook, and it
provides protection from a rainstorm,
splashes and wet surfaces. A transparent
surface allows for interaction with the
keyboard and navigation buttons.
From SDI Technologies’ iHome
brand comes an iPod/iPhone charging station designed for multiple devices
The iB967 features dual universal wells
to charge an iPhone and all docking iPod
models, two USB ports and an expandable
rest area that charges
It includes integrated
an AC adapter, 12-
USB cable and 12-
charging cable and
added e-reader tips to
its TipExchange technology
chargers which charge mobile
devices while synchronizing
data with a single twoin-
one USB cable.
Zagg recently rolled out
its ShieldZone InvisibleShield
for the Kindle, a patented
with scratch-proof nanomemory
was developed to protect
from dust and debris.
The film is 0.2mm
thick and is backed with
a lifetime guarantee. If it ever does
wear or scratch, Zagg will replace it
free for the life of the device.
Zagg said the InvisibleShield
comes off clean and leaves no
It retails for $17.95.
Breaking new ground
in the category, Carson
electronic reading aid
for the sight-impaired. The ezRead projects
e-book content (as well as any printed
material) to a television screen, magnifying
The size of the television monitor determines
the actual magnification of the
item. The larger the screen, the greater
the magnification becomes. Carson said a
21-inch screen would produce a magnification
of 7.5 times.
It works by connecting the ezRead
to the video input of the TV using
the included cable, powering
up the devices and
placing the ezRead directly
on top of the
e-reader or reading
ensures that the image on screen is bright
and easy to read, the company said.
It ships with an extra-long video cable
and power cord so a user can sit at a comfortable
distance away from the TV and
Power is supplied using three AAA
batteries or with the included A/C power
adapter. It boasts a 655 by 488-pixel
VGA image sensor and weighs about
Finally, Case Logic unveiled new
styles of e-reader cases, including three
universal models as well as lines of
Sony-specifi c SKUs and a Kindle line.
The cases include canvas, nylon and
EVA constructions and will ship in the
first quarter at suggested retails from
$19.99 to $24.99.